UNIVERSITI Brunei Darussalam’s (UBD) Sultan Omar ‘Ali Saifuddien Centre for Islamic Studies (SOASCIS) is set to organise the 4th International Conference (SICON 4) later this year, with the main theme being ‘The Teaching of Islamic Civilisation in Today’s Universities and Colleges: A Review for New Strategic Educational Goals.’
Set to run from November 3 to 5 at the UBD Senate Room, the conference will see the involvement of SOASCIS, UBD; International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia-Herzegovina; Centre for Civilisation Studies, Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey; Faculty of Human Ecology, University Putra Malaysia (UPM); ISTAC, International Islamic University, Malaysia (IIUM); Faculty of Islamic Civilisation, University of Technology, Malaysia (UTM) and Oxford University, UK, as co-organisers.
Thirty international and national speakers and paper presenters will address the conference, and over 150 participants – among them are scholars, academicians, government officials, members of youth organisations, students and the public in Brunei – are expected to attend.
The objective of SICON 4 is to review the current teaching of Islamic civilisation at universities, colleges and schools with respect to its content and teaching methods. It aims to formulate new goals and strategies in the teaching of Islamic civilisation with the view of making it more effective and beneficial to contemporary Muslim societies.
Another objective is to help make the living nature of Islamic civilisation better understood and appreciated and its lasting contributions to human civilisation better known, especially to non-Muslims.
The conference can provide a platform for scholars, teachers and students of Islamic civilisation to exchange views and experiences on how best to popularise the subject of Islamic civilisation in their respective institutions and communities.
The keynote speakers for the conference are Professor Dr Usama Al-Abd (Former President of Al-Azhar University), Tan Sri Professor Mohd Kamal Hassan (International Islamic University of Malaysia) and Professor Dr Tariq Ramadan (Oxford University, UK).
Other invited speakers include Professor Dr Zaid Ahmad (University Putra Malaysia, Malaysia), Professor Mesut Idriz (International University of Sarajevo, Bosnia), Asst Professor Dr Jonathan Brown (Georgetown University, USA), Professor Hamza Ates (Istanbul Medeniyet University, Turkey) and Professor Waleed al-Ansary (Xavier University, USA).
Registration fees which cover conference materials, including attendance certificates, lunches and refreshments, are listed below.
Local participants: BND50 for students, BND300 for non-students, BND250 for paper presenters and BND50 for pensioners.
Foreign participants: Individual – USD300 per participant; USD250 for paper writers, Institution – USD400 per person, and USD350 per person for every group of three persons.
Further information can be obtained from the Secretariat by e-mail at email@example.com, or visiting the website www.soascis.ubd.edu.bn or by contacting 2463001 (ext 2760).